The gospel of the grace of God and the bitterness of the heart

The first thing that a believer must do to fight against bitterness is to preach again the gospel of the grace of God in Christ. Apart from the grace of God, what are we? Sinners and transgressors, we do not deserve anything other than the wrath of God because of our sins. That is what we are. And if that's what we are, then there's no reason to protest.

Perhaps we have been accused of a fault that we have not committed, or we have been treated badly for no reason, or someone we have done well has returned us wrong. But if God and men gave us what we deserve for the faults that we have committed, our lives would be hell here and would remain hell for all eternity. Maybe we are not guilty of what is said about us, but for ourselves, without the grace of God, we are worse than what anyone can see in us or say about us.

So we must believe what the Bible says we are without the grace of God, and meditate on it continuously, especially when we are objects of bad treatment, disrespect or injustice. It is a matter of faith. We came to Christ repentant for our sins because we believed that we were truly sinners. But we must continue to believe it.

Christians make a lot of emphasis on the faith the sinner needs to be saved, and that's fine; but we must not lose sight of the faith we need now that we are saved to grow in holiness. The same faith that is required to be saved is required to be holy. The same things that we believed when we came to Christ we must follow believing them day after day, and apply them in the precise moment to fight with the temptations.

Have you been treated unfairly, and the individual seems to have got away with it? Or has he not received what he really deserved? Exercise faith in that moment in what the Bible says we are without the grace of God. They have treated you unjustly for something you have not done, it is true, however you have not received what you rightly deserve for many other things that you have done. If it were not for the pure grace of God we could not enjoy the many blessings we receive each day from His hand, and in particular the blessing of having fellowship with Him and being His children. Meditate on that truth of the Scriptures.

But that still does not eliminate the problem we raised in the previous article. The pudoroso circle remains open; the evildoer has not received what he deserves, and we continue to struggle with a sense of indignation, produced in part by the image of God in us, by that sense of justice that was included in that image and that tells us that evil must be duly punished. How can we adequately deal with this problem? That is what I hope we will see in the next entry, if the Lord allows it.

Sugel MichelénAuthor: Sugel Michelén

He studied for the ministry in 1979. Later he was sent by the Biblical Church of the Lord Jesus Christ (IBSJ), in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, to the city of Puerto Plata, to begin a work there. But at the end of 1983 he was called to be part of the IBSJ pastor corps, where he serves the Lord since then, regularly exposing the Word on Sundays. He is also the author of the blog All Thought Captive.

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